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Special vehicle ordinance proposed in Cokato
July 6, 2018

By Starrla Cray
Associate Editor

COKATO, MN – A public hearing regarding a proposed special vehicle ordinance will take place during the Monday, July 9 Cokato City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at city hall.

“Special vehicles” refers to things like golf carts, utility task vehicles (UTVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and mini-trucks.

The council initially reviewed the proposed ordinance in June. (See the June 15 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch for details.)

The ordinance is a model from the League of Minnesota Cities. According to the organization’s website, “The League creates model policies, contracts, resolutions, ordinances and other forms to help cities with governance and city operations. Models should be customized as appropriate for each city’s circumstances in consultation with the city’s attorney.”

The League notes that cities may decide locally whether or not to allow the operation of golf carts, smaller ATVs, UTVs, and mini-trucks on city streets.

Permits could be required in Cokato

The proposed ordinance in Cokato states that “No person shall operate a motorized golf cart, utility task vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, or mini-truck on streets, alleys, sidewalks or other public property without obtaining a permit as provided herein.”

In order to get a permit, residents would need to fill out an application at city hall, listing their name, address, any physical handicaps, the model/make/year/number of the special vehicle, current driver’s license (or reason for not having a current license), and any other information the city may require.

Permits would be valid for three years, and the fee would be determined in the city’s fee schedule.

The six-page ordinance also outlines rules for medium-speed electric vehicles, motorized foot scooters, and assistive mobility devices.

Look for coverage of the July 9 public hearing in the Friday, July 13 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

To see the proposed ordinance, follow the link at www.cokato.mn.us/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2018-03-Special-Vehicles.pdf

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